Beyonce Had 'Misunderstanding' Over Kissing You Copyright
LATEST: BEYONCE KNOWLES insists there was a "misunderstanding" over her album bonus track I'm Kissing You, which has been withdrawn from sale in a copyright dispute.
English singer Des'ree and co-writer Timothy Atack filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in New York District Court against Knowles last week (18Apr07), claiming the former Destiny's Child singer did not obtain proper clearance to cover the 1996 song, which appeared as the love theme in William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet movie.
Knowles' cover of the song, Still In Love (Kissing You) appeared on a special Deluxe Edition of her B'Day album, which has now been withdrawn from sale following the legal dispute.
A statement from Knowles' management firm Music World Entertainment, reads, "Unfortunately, there were some misunderstandings regarding whether Des'ree's song (I'm) Kissing You was cleared for release in the United States."
Des'ree is seeking $150,000 (GBP75,000) in damages.